Two-Wheelers and the Demand for Fuel Cells

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Two-Wheelers and the Demand for Fuel

Earlier this week the government released a fuel motorbike standard to facilitate mass production, with of a global standard for such planned. When it comes to cell transportation, most think of buses, taxis, cars such as the iconic FCX Clarity, or perhaps the quirky city car. These all major markets for fuel but slightly further from the eye there is a rapidly emerging cell market in the form of two-wheeled transport, particularly in regions.

Scooters are popular as a means of inner-city transport the world, in long‑industrialised areas as the Mediterranean (the Italians are for their love of scooters) but prominently in newly industrialised such as India and China, fast-paced urbanisation is resulting in cities in which scooters the most nimble means of transportation at a cost much than that of the gridlocked In these cities air pollution an ever-increasing number of vehicles is a problem and is negatively impacting the and overall quality of life of the This is creating a strong for affordable zero-emission scooters, a that several fuel manufacturers are now looking to meet.

One company that has followed emerging demand is UK fuel developer Intelligent Energy, who in introduced the world to its ENV concept (left). Powered by a 1 kW PEMFC, the has a range of 100 miles with a top of 50 mph. The futuristic concept and more importantly the viability of the cell technology inside it, the attention of Japan’s Suzuki

After a period of collaboration and Suzuki showcased its Crosscage cell battery hybrid at the 40 th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007.

In the intervening period a number of fuel cell scooter and concepts were demonstrated. The a collaboration between Vespa Piaggio and the Energy Research of the Netherlands, was successfully tested at Italian test ground in 2006. GR Grafica, another company (an indication of the country’s of scooters), began development of a cell scooter, the Hysyrider.

a Dutch graduate student the Fhybrid. a battery powered charged by a compact fuel system.

Whilst others first concepts, Intelligent and Suzuki pressed forward product development and two years on the unveiling of the Crosscage, the pair their next product, the Burgman Fuel Cell at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Moving from a motorbike to a city scooter format, the (top image) features an fuel cell stack and a 350 kilometre range.

The Burgman became the first cell vehicle to receive EC Vehicle Type Approval in 2011, the necessary certificate for production of vehicles in Europe. Nippon Steel took of the first commercial delivery of a cell Burgman two months in May.

A fleet of up to five Burgman fuel cell has been commissioned under the HyTEC project, which sees the launch of five cell taxis in London and ten in Copenhagen. The scooters will be for up to two years by London’s Metropolitan starting later this

Back in Asia, Taiwanese Asia Pacific Fuel Technologies (APFCT), having strong domestic demand, was developing its own fuel cell Having successfully completed a 1,000 kilometre test drive in May and building a test fleet of ten APFCT won a contract from the Ministry of Economic Affairs for a further 80 scooters for demonstration and in July 2011. The testing of vehicles is likely to have the catalyst for the publication of the new standard to fuel cell scooters.

Suzuki Crosscage

APFCT has partnered with electrolyser manufacturer Acta to a refuelling system  for commercial scooter model, will run off two hydrogen canisters from vending machines combine solar power and an electrolyser to refill canisters hydrogen. APFCT has a production of 1,000 fuel cell for the full year 2012; a now supported by the MOEA. It is anticipated a fleet of up to 2,000 APFCT and 100 Acta vending machines be deployed on a Taiwanese ‘green tourist destination in the near

The pair is also investigating a transportation solution for Honolulu. a 90% dependency on imported oil, is America’s most fossil dependent state and suffers some of the highest fuel and the highest electricity prices, in the one would imagine such a would be received with public enthusiasm.

From the acceleration of APFCT’s scooter which has now surpassed the commercial of the Suzuki Burgman by some it is clear that the areas in transport is poor, where are most popular and where air is declining, are in a strong position to change domestically. By targeting an export market suffering similar issues, APFCT is, as will, offering a solution as as a fuel cell product.

Top image: Intelligent Energy powered scooter (Source: Suzuki)

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